2014 FIFA World Cup


June 12
Preparations and celebrations are underway in Brazil ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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A cyclist rides past graffiti of the 2014 FIFA World Cup logo in São Paulo. Jewel Samad/AFP

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Beachgoers play soccer at sunset at Rio de Janeiro's Ipanema Beach. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

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Shamans perform a ritual in front of Peru's National Stadium in Lima to make predictions for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ernesto Benavides/AFP

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Former Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo holds the World Cup trophy beside presenter Fernanda Lima and mascot Fuleco during the 2014 FIFA Congress opening ceremony in São Paulo. Nelson Almeida/AFP

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The U.S. soccer team observes a moment of silence before their friendly match against Turkey in Harrison, N.J., on June 1. The United States beat Turkey 2-1. Don Emmert/AFP

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In a Rio de Janeiro suburb, Ricardo Mell paints graffiti depicting Brazilian soccer player Neymar kissing goodbye the ghost of Brazil's 1950 World Cup defeat. Vanderlei Almeida/AFP

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Performers dressed as soccer fans dance on stage during the 2014 FIFA Congress opening ceremony in São Paulo on June 10. Nelson Almeida/AFP

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Portugal's Fabio Coentrao, right, vies for the ball against Ireland's David Meyler during a friendly match in East Rutherford, N.J. Coentrao was injured during this play. Stan Honda/AFP

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